Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ily Goyanes Talks To Me (Part 2)

Here you go, folks: part 2 of my interview with Ily Goyanes of Examiner.com. Click here for the rest of this second installment.
In this second part of my interview with M. Christian, the versatile author discusses the craft of writing and shares his tips, views, and experience.

IG: How would you describe the act of writing?

MC: I view writing as work. I don’t believe in having a muse, and I don’t wait for inspiration. I don’t believe in sitting in a coffee house and staring into space. I playfully call myself A Literary Streetwalker With A Heart of Gold in that I'll do a story, pretty much any kind of story, for anyone, anytime. I'm also different in that, unlike a lot of erotica writers I don't have a mission. I want sex to be accepted, sure, but I'm not trying to change the world through smut. I just want to give people a good story that might just change your mind about sex.

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4 comments:

Jude Mason said...

Chris,

This question and your answer were so true of how I feel, it really stopped me cold:

IG: In the intro to your anthology Dirty Words, you say "Of all the things I’ve written, this has got to be the toughest". Explain that.

MC: I was talking about writing. The passion I feel for writing is almost sexual. I don’t get aroused when I write erotica but I do get very excited about the act of telling a story, of putting together the plot, playing with the characters – all of that. In the intro I was saying that I can write about all kinds of sex but that my own fetish for writing was tougher to define. Part of the reason, though, why I think I can write about all kinds of orientations and interests is because I write about the common things not the uncommon things, what we have in common -- not our differences. I don’t know lesbian sex; I’m not equipped for it. I don’t know gay sex, although I’ve come very close many, many times. I don’t know what it’s like to have trans sex, but I know what arousal feels like, what fear feels like, what excitement feels like, what hope feels like. I try to understand the underlying emotions of sex and life – and not focus on just the mechanical stuff.
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I've seen so many authors say they write their fantasies, or having a rich and varied fantasy life gives them fodder for their work, but this is much more 'correct' in my opinion. Yes, we all have fantasies, but to stick to only those you have yourself, limits you. Feeling the excitement of the process is a different kind of thrill, but it's no less profound.

I'm babbling now, but I really enjoyed the interview. Good stuff!

Hugs

billierosie said...

What a great interview -- honest and sincere. When you talk about writing, Chris, your passion shows. You speak, and write, with integrity.That's a good thing -- a rare quality.

Craig Sorensen said...

I find your process fascinating. I do share a lot of your ideals, especially to write outside yourself. I certainly relate to gravitating toward the common themes.

I thoroughly this installment too!

M.Christian said...

Thanks so much, guys -- I'm so glad you liked it!

I especially jazzed to hear how much we all have in common: process and such but more than anything that even though we write kink our biggest kink is writing itself!

Hugs all around

C